Pro Tips: What Kind of First-Aid Kit Should You Carry?

Written by: Mike Tayloe, Finns West


When an injury occurs in the field, it pays to have the proper tools and materials.
Photo via Finns West

After more than 20 years as a wilderness paramedic and fly-fishing guide, I can assure you that most anglers overlook the importance of carrying a good first-aid kit. I have dealt with many . . .

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Tackle Tune-Up: Reels

Over the course of a long season, your reel can pick up some dirt and grit, which can hinder its performance. Orvis Grand Rapids Fishing Manager Trent Jackson and associate Paige . . .

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Video: How to Attach Fly Line to the Backing on a Reel

As with many things in fly fishing, there are multiple ways to attach fly line and backing on a fly reel, and I enjoy learning the different methods that experts use. Previously, we’ve featured the Albright Knot, which is especially useful if your fly line . . .

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Video: How to Tie a Drop-Bead Red Dart

Lance Egan is a well-known competition angler and fly tier from Utah. His well-known patterns include the Frenchie, the Rainbow Warrior, and the Red Dart. A couple years ago, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions showed us how to tie . . .

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Insect Facts: The Family Stone

On this common species (Agnetina capitata), you can see the clear segmentation, gills, and the stonefly’s distinctive profile.
Photo by Bob Henricks, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license . . .

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Tackle Tune-Up: Flies & Fly Boxes

Few things are more frustrating than being on the water and not knowing where to find the fly you want. Organizing your flies and fly boxes is one of the best uses of your time before the season opens. Orvis Grand Rapids Fishing Manager Trent . . .

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Video: How to Wrap a Floss Body

Tying with floss can be frustrating because the strands of material can be hard to control. Here, Tim offers solutions that range from making sure your fingers aren’t rough to using the thread tension of the hanging bobbin to keep everything in place. . . .

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Videos: Tackle Tune-Ups for a New Season

Over the course of a season, your fly line can collect dirt and grime, which make the line more difficult to cast and less likely to float well. Before you get out on the water this year, take the time to clean your fly line. Orvis Grand Rapids Fishing Manager . . .

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